Carambola Bread (recipe)

Carambola bread

This recipe’s origins lie in an impulsive purchase of starfruit (carambola) in 2007. Somehow I had an idea of using it to make a cheesecake topping but the cheesecake never materialized and I was stuck with the silly things in my vegetable drawer. Rather than let them go bad I pondered what else I could use it for. See I’ve been committing myself to not only recreating and sharing as many local/traditional foods as possible, but also to re-interpreting foreign dishes into a local lexicon as much as possible.

After seeing recipes for zucchini bread and then a vegan recipe for Sunshine Citrus Bread it occurred to me… why not make Carambola Bread! D’OH! I mentioned my plan to a few friends – all of whom viewed me with suspicion. I remained undaunted though, in my mind the tart juiciness of carambola (locally dubbed five-fingers) made it the lovechild of the zuchinni and citrus worlds! There was no way this would fail!

The finished product was ridiculously soft and moist. At first I thought it was not sweet enough, but mom said it was fine. After a few hours when I went back to it I agreed. But adjust to suit your own preferences. The bread is good as-is.. but I highly recommend having it slathered with butter. Oh it was insane! The loaf was gone by the next day :D

Maybe I should get back to figuring out that cheesecake topping now :) ?

Carambola Bread
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Serving Size: 12

Ingredients:

1 cup pureed five fingers (carambola/star fruit) – about 3 to 4 small
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup wholewheat flour
1 cup white flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup raisins

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and oil or spray one large (9 X5X3-inch) loaf pan.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the puree, sugar, milk, and egg.
3. In another bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients and mix well. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, and stir just until all the flour is moistened. Do not over-stir.
4. Pour into the prepared loaf pan(s) and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 35-40 minutes.

Note: If using a black non-stick baking tin reduce the heat to 325 :)

Starfruit Bread

5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before serving.

Five Fingers bread

This recipe is an exclusive TriniGourmet original. Please do not share it or post it to your site without crediting TriniGourmet.com and linking back to this site :)

This post was originally published January 8, 2007. It has been updated once since then.

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  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    I LOVE Zucchini bread.
    Star fruit bread…um…

    Hmmmmmm

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    I LOVE Zucchini bread.
    Star fruit bread…um…

    Hmmmmmm

  • http://is-that-my-bureka.blogspot.com/ burekaboy

    looks like it turned out great, sarina (minus the raisins for me though). i imagine walnuts could go in also for added texture. was it sour like, say, a lemon cake?

  • http://is-that-my-bureka.blogspot.com/ burekaboy

    looks like it turned out great, sarina (minus the raisins for me though). i imagine walnuts could go in also for added texture. was it sour like, say, a lemon cake?

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    lilandra – see! another doubter! think out of the boxxx :P

    bureka – i loathe nuts in bread, brownies, fudge … destroys the texture for me :) … no it was not sour at all… a little tangy but sweet … not citrusy though… hard to describe .. hmmm… like a tangy banana bread

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    lilandra – see! another doubter! think out of the boxxx :P

    bureka – i loathe nuts in bread, brownies, fudge … destroys the texture for me :) … no it was not sour at all… a little tangy but sweet … not citrusy though… hard to describe .. hmmm… like a tangy banana bread

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    sarina: i can think out of the box…if it’s right here by me waiting for me to eat it but if i have to make it myself…

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    sarina: i can think out of the box…if it’s right here by me waiting for me to eat it but if i have to make it myself…

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    lilandra – word word, ah hear on that one :D lol :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    lilandra – word word, ah hear on that one :D lol :D

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    well…where my bread?? i hear you know my address…so…

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    well…where my bread?? i hear you know my address…so…

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    hehe :D ah still compilin yuh goodies :D de bread will have to wait doh :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    hehe :D ah still compilin yuh goodies :D de bread will have to wait doh :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    bureka boy – wha wrong wit raisins :D nyam nyam nyam

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    bureka boy – wha wrong wit raisins :D nyam nyam nyam

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    *false hopes*

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    *false hopes*

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    lilandra – cool yuhself chile, cool yuhself :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    lilandra – cool yuhself chile, cool yuhself :D

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    nuts in bread mmmmm
    raisins…depends

    did you get the carambola flavour? this looks interesting :-) and good, yes good, even though I am not a fivefingers fan.

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    nuts in bread mmmmm
    raisins…depends

    did you get the carambola flavour? this looks interesting :-) and good, yes good, even though I am not a fivefingers fan.

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    chennette – nutz in sweet things… wigs me out… too hard and bumpy… i love raisins when plump n gooey :)

    the flavour was really muted. like if i served it to someone they wouldn’t go, ‘but this thing tastin like it have five fingers’… but they would definitely go, ‘but what this thing have in it so’? lolz ..

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    chennette – nutz in sweet things… wigs me out… too hard and bumpy… i love raisins when plump n gooey :)

    the flavour was really muted. like if i served it to someone they wouldn’t go, ‘but this thing tastin like it have five fingers’… but they would definitely go, ‘but what this thing have in it so’? lolz ..

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    oooh, delicous bread infused with mysterious local flavour

  • http://chennette.wordpress.com Chennette

    oooh, delicous bread infused with mysterious local flavour

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    lolz :D the cinammon and ginger help to confuse too :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    lolz :D the cinammon and ginger help to confuse too :D

  • http://soulfusionkitchen.blogspot.com Sylvie

    Came across your site this morning. Nice recipes. I too enjoy cooking and all things food. My daughter is vegetarian, so many of your recipes fit her eating habits noting your kosher persuasion. Me, I eat most everything. My site and recipes will attest to that. My true cooking passion are decorated sugar cookies with my competitive BBQ team a close second. visit me sometime.

  • http://soulfusionkitchen.blogspot.com Sylvie

    Came across your site this morning. Nice recipes. I too enjoy cooking and all things food. My daughter is vegetarian, so many of your recipes fit her eating habits noting your kosher persuasion. Me, I eat most everything. My site and recipes will attest to that. My true cooking passion are decorated sugar cookies with my competitive BBQ team a close second. visit me sometime.

  • Marsha

    SO can we make mango bread, apple bread, pear bread, plum bred, pineapple bread etc or what????
    I think I may have to open a store and sell fruit bread after this NIKKI :)

  • Marsha

    SO can we make mango bread, apple bread, pear bread, plum bred, pineapple bread etc or what????
    I think I may have to open a store and sell fruit bread after this NIKKI :)

  • Marsha

    Umm Raisins make everything taste better..my salad, my baked chicken etc..soooo good

  • Marsha

    Umm Raisins make everything taste better..my salad, my baked chicken etc..soooo good

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    sylvie – hello and welcome! so glad you have found some things that your daughter may enjoy :) i have added your site to my blogroll :) Hope to see you again :)

    marsha – :D i am tackling mango bread next!!!! someone posted it on their site and it looked good!! we have so many things and we rarely think ay i could try that in x … yuh know? :D and amen for the raisins support… i was wondering what the jail was really going on :D

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    sylvie – hello and welcome! so glad you have found some things that your daughter may enjoy :) i have added your site to my blogroll :) Hope to see you again :)

    marsha – :D i am tackling mango bread next!!!! someone posted it on their site and it looked good!! we have so many things and we rarely think ay i could try that in x … yuh know? :D and amen for the raisins support… i was wondering what the jail was really going on :D

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    ew @ marsha

    poor delusional marsha and sarina

    mom saw the star fruit in the grocery and she ask me if i want
    i ask her if she going to make bread for me but she wasn’t

    so no bread for lilandra

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    ew @ marsha

    poor delusional marsha and sarina

    mom saw the star fruit in the grocery and she ask me if i want
    i ask her if she going to make bread for me but she wasn’t

    so no bread for lilandra

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    lilandra – hehehe… the bread will find you… it will fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiind you :twisted:

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    lilandra – hehehe… the bread will find you… it will fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiind you :twisted:

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    *yikes*

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    *yikes*

  • http://is-that-my-bureka.blogspot.com/ burekaboy

    nuts YES & YES — raisins NEVVAH!!!

    five fingers? sounds like a food processor accident. {shudder}

  • http://is-that-my-bureka.blogspot.com/ burekaboy

    nuts YES & YES — raisins NEVVAH!!!

    five fingers? sounds like a food processor accident. {shudder}

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    bureka – lolz

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    bureka – lolz

  • Rox

    I remember my grandmother using this very fruit to make fruit cake. What she did was place it out in the sun and dried the fruit similar to raisins and prunes and made a delicious cake. You may want to dried that fruit out first.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      What a wonderful idea Rox! :) Thanks for sharing it !

  • Rox

    I remember my grandmother using this very fruit to make fruit cake. What she did was place it out in the sun and dried the fruit similar to raisins and prunes and made a delicious cake. You may want to dried that fruit out first.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      What a wonderful idea Rox! :) Thanks for sharing it !